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Jane Kidall

“Time and tide wait for no man” brings a seemingly random selection of man-made objects from different eras together as ‘Fossils of the Future’. This MA study, through the medium of porcelain slip and a variety of moulds speculates forward in time, objects that have been washed together in some catastrophic flood, buried in mud, and lost from sight until scientists in the future, rediscover them as trace fossils.

The flood is the result of sea levels rising as global warming affects the planet. Biodiversity has collapsed including the human species as part of the 6th mass extinction event identified as the Anthropocene period. It asks the question “is this what we want our legacy to be? A collection of discarded human ephemera, and how will future scientists use this information to discover who we were? How will it be interpreted by future geologists?